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Exodus 13

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 1 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

 2 "Sanctify to me all the firstborn; whatever first opens the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and beast, is mine."

 3 And Moses said to the people, "Remember this day, when you came out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage, for by strength of hand the LORD brought you out from this place; no leavened bread shall be eaten.

 4 This day you go forth in the month Abib.

 5 And when the LORD brings you into the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which he swore to your fathers to give you, a land flowing with milk and honey, you shall keep this rite in this month.

 6 For seven days you shall eat unleavened bread and on the seventh day there shall be a feast to the LORD.

 7 Unleavened bread shall be eaten seven days; no leavened bread shall be seen with you, neither shall there be leaven with you in all your borders.

 8 And you shall tell your son on that day, saying, 'This is done because of what the LORD did for me when I came out of Egypt.'

 9 It shall be for a remembrance to you upon your hand and a phylactery [a leather box with scripture verses in it] as a memorial between your eyes, that the LORD's law may be in your mouth; for with a strong hand has the LORD brought you out of Egypt.

 10 You shall therefore keep this ordinance in its season from year to year.

 11 And when the LORD brings you into the land of the Canaanites and gives it you, as he swore to you and to your fathers,

 12 You shall set apart to the LORD all males that are firstborn. The first male offspring of every beast that you have shall be the LORD's.

 13 But the firstborn of every donkey you shall redeem [substitute] with a lamb; and if you do not redeem it, then you shall break its neck. And all the firstborn among your sons you shall redeem.

 14 And when your son asks you in time to come, saying, 'What does this mean?' You shall say to him, 'By strength of hand the LORD brought us out from Egypt, from the house of bondage.

 15 For it came to pass, when Pharaoh refused to let us go, that the LORD killed all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both the firstborn of man and of beast. Therefore I sacrifice to the LORD all the males that are firstborn; but all the firstborn of my sons I redeem.'

 16 And it shall be for a reminder upon your hand, and a headband between your eyes, for by strength of hand the LORD brought us out of Egypt."

 17 Now it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God did not lead them by the way of the land of the Philistines, although that way was shorter; for God said, "The people might change their minds and return to Egypt when they see war."

 18 But God led the people around by way of the wilderness toward the Red sea. And the children of Israel went up in orderly ranks out of the land of Egypt.

 19 And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him, for Joseph had made the children of Israel strictly swear, saying, "God will surely visit you; and you must carry up my bones away from here with you."

 20 So they journeyed from Succoth and encamped in Etham on the edge of the wilderness.

 21 And by day the LORD went before them in a pillar of a cloud to lead the way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light so that they might travel by day and by night.

 22 He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day or the pillar of fire by night from before the people.


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